__________ these crops can thrive with so little water, that bodes well for African farmers.

According to the answer key, the only possible word that can finish the gap is As. However, why doesn't Because work as well - don't they have the same meaning in this case?

I was wondering if we can start a sentence with the latter, but after I did some research, I found out it is perfectly fine.

What am I missing here?

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    "Because" is possible, as is "since" or even the informal "seeing".
    – BillJ
    Commented Jan 3, 2019 at 12:02

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Both "As" and "Because" are options here. "As" might sound a little better, and some believe starting a sentencing with "Because" is not the best, but again, both are okay to be used in this scenario.

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